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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Government Should Pursue Pro-Business Job Creating Policies by Roby S. Williams

Last week, President Obama called on Internet providers to be regulated under Title II of the Telecommunications Act. This would lead to broadband providers being regulated based on policies developed during the Great Depression. His statement goes against a generation of bi-partisan agreement that established a system of light-touch government oversight.

The internet has flourished under this bi-partisan approach. In fact, private sector broadband providers have invested more than $1.3 trillion in our economy since 1996.

In this pro-business environment, a robust network has been built out across the nation, providing the vast majority of Americans – 99 percent – with access to broadband. These investments spurred the economy, and changed the way we live and the way we do business.

Businesses are growing and producing new high-paying jobs in part because high-speed connectivity has introduced them to new customers and enabled them to expand to new and larger markets.
At the same time, employees and workers are using broadband connectivity to further their educations and develop the skills they need to grow in their careers.

In short, this is one of the most successful areas in our economy, and at a time when many Americans continue to look for quality jobs and work to acquire higher skills to be prepared for better careers, we should be focused on policies that promote expanded deployment of broadband infrastructure and increased broadband adoption among consumers.

Unfortunately, what the President proposed last week – aggressive government control and regulation of the Internet sphere – would lead to the opposite. His proposal would lead to a system that would cause tremendous disruptions in the market and one that – if followed by the FCC – would stifle our economy, impair innovation, jeopardize private investment in vital infrastructure, and hamstring an energetic and thriving component of our economy.

Unsurprisingly, a bi-partisan chorus of rebukes followed the President’s statement.
Tennessee’s own former Representative Harold Ford, Jr., remarked that an approach akin to that proposed by the President would lead to unprecedented government interference in the Internet, hurt consumers and innovation, and threaten millions of jobs.

In addition, the President’s misguided proposal also includes wireless providers, and in recent years, the wireless sector has done more to close the digital divide than any other broadband deployment effort.
Just as broadband is vital to businesses – opening up new markets and connecting customers to vital products and services – it is also essential in our homes.

Through wireless accessibility and smartphone innovations, broadband is more widely available, it is more affordable, and ever-greater numbers of Americans are adopting broadband each and every day.
People from all walks of life are using wireless broadband and technology to positively impact their lives – whether as business owners, through on-line education opportunities, or with telemedicine.
In short, broadband is essential to the way we live our lives today.

Our economy and our communities depend on a robust network, fueled by private investment, growing through constant enhancing and upgrading to meet growing consumer demands. Because of this, it is vital that our elected officials reject the President’s position on this issue and instead pursue and continue the policies that have brought us the Internet we all know and enjoy today, and that will encourage further investment in wired and wireless broadband accessibility and adoption.

As we continue to fight to strengthen our economy, create jobs, and provide opportunities for families across America, our leaders in Washington D.C., must pursue policies that encourage private investment, job creation, and business growth.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Government Contracting

Thursday, December 11th from 9a-11a
Renaissance Business Center, 555 Beale Street
The University of Tennessee's Procurement Technical Assistance Center (UT PTAC) will be in Memphis to advise small business owners on how to successfully compete for government contracts. Registration is required. Space is Limited. RSVP at (901) 526-9300.

How To Use Twitter for Business & Marketing

Thursday, December 4th from 9a-11a 
Renaissance Business Center, 555 Beale Street
Is Twitter a part of your social media strategy? Twitter can help you showcase your brand, build supporters for your products or services and help your business grow. Learn how to incorporate Twitter into your business social media strategy. Space is Limited. RSVP at (901) 526-9300.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Triple Threat Social Media Boot Camp

Social Media is No Longer an Option. Your business, or organization, needs social media.  While there are literally hundreds of sites to choose from, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube are three of the top sites, for social networking, sharing, and business growth. This full day boot camp is an interactive workshop, to get your new social media up and running, or improve your existing social media. 

Each participant will walk out of the boot camp with a Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube page up and ready to market.  This IS NOT a lecture course, this is a working workshop.

Saturday, November 15th at Emerge Memphis 516 Tennessee in the Memphis Room from 9a-5p. Registration, Networking, and Continental Breakfast starts at 8:30a. Cost is $525.  Early Bird Savings of $100 until November 8th and pay only $425. For more info visit HERE

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

BBA Lunch & Learn Series This Friday

Join us this Friday October 31st at 11:30am for the BBA Lunch & Learn series as we welcome Mr. Roland Cole with Duncan Williams. He will speak about "Taking Control" and creating generational wealth. You don't want to miss this. It takes place at the City of Memphis Renaissance Business Center located at 555 Beale Street. Refreshments will be served. To RSVP for this event, please call (901) 526-9300 or email Myron Mays HERE.